The Exciting Future Of Cloud Computing

According to one of the top analysts in the business, Gartner, cloud computing will become one of the top 10 strategic technologies going forward. There will be an expansion from the current scenario, where there’s a range of developing public systems alongside closed private platforms. Gartner also predicts that there will be a considerable expansion of tailor-made management services to remotely handle business resource organisation through the cloud. Many other experts predict that cloud computing is still in its relative infancy and that we will see it “steamroller” its way into every single business boardroom over the next year or so.

Let’s look back a few decades to see where we have come from, as an indicator of where we may be going.

We may remember that the original revolution was associated with mainframe computers. Those enormous machines could be overpowered today by our cell phones, but still they were the predecessor to what came next – the minicomputer. At that point, these machines were starting to make their way into the business environment, even if they were once again bulky, required their own conditioned environments and were inordinately expensive compared to what they actually provided for us. Shortly thereafter, the personal computer became the biggest revolution of all and helped to ensure the arrival of the Internet. The growth curve for technology and communication started to skyrocket and is now being evermore fuelled by the advent of the portable computing device.

Now just think how much of our everyday lives today are reliant upon cloud computing to one extent or another? Consider the recent announcement by Facebook, where they outlined how we will soon be able to store a complete history of our own lifetimes in an application called Timeline. This could be a comprehensive autobiography in its own right, with the amount of personal information stored quite mind-boggling. Privacy advocates still maintain that this is a little troubling, as all of this information is of course stored in Facebook’s “cloud.”

In one way or another cloud computing solutions mean that we have potential access to enormous amounts of pertinent information in real time and the future suggests that we will be able to use such information to make great progress with small business opportunities. There is certain to be a considerable amount of added investment in networks, servers and robust architecture, to make sure that accessibility and security issues are taken care of. As this happens more and more business owners will uncover the flexibility afforded by cloud computing, hand-in-hand with virtual assistants who are there to ensure that their direct costs and overhead costs are contained.

Remember that we now have a proliferation of communications devices allowing us to access the cloud in many different ways and also to engage different devices to transfer information in and out. Before long, it will be simply the subject of an instantaneous action to place data into the cloud and access it from there intuitively.

The business owner who keeps an open mind and is willing to engage this new technology may see opportunities unfolding like never before.

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